Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A direct vote in which the entire electorate is invited to accept or refuse a proposal.
  • noun A vote in which a population exercises the right of national self-determination.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as plebiscitum.
  • noun An expression of the will or pleasure of the whole people in regard to some measure already decided upon; a vote of the whole people for the ratification or disapproval of some matter: chiefly a French usage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A vote by universal male suffrage; especially, in France, a popular vote, as first sanctioned by the National Constitution of 1791.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A referendum, especially one that concerns changes in sovereignty

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a vote by the electorate determining public opinion on a question of national importance

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French plébiscite, from Latin plēbiscītum : plēbis, genitive of plēbs, the people; see pelə- in Indo-European roots + scītum, decree, from neuter past participle of scīscere, to vote for, inchoative of scīre, to know; see skei- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin plebs, plebis ("the common people").

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.